CYC Launches Youth Mental Health Collaborative“Regardless of identity or specific system involvement, mental health connects all youth populations because we’re all humans who have faced this adversity. And something we all share is an independent spirit, a strong will, and a tendency to not rely on anyone else or ask for help...It’s that common ground that makes peer engagement such an effective way to get through to people.”
—J. CORTEZ III, CYC ADVISORY BOARD CO-CHAIR
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California Youth Connection and its partners Youth In Mind, Young Minds Advocacy, and VOICES have launched a joint effort to facilitate the direct engagement of transition aged youth (TAY) ages 16–25 with California’s state and local mental health systems. Funded by a threeyear contract with the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC), this youthled collaborative will conduct Outreach, Training, and Advocacy activities at the state and local levels to improve outcomes among TAY.
Over the three-year project, youth will lead efforts focused on improving the effectiveness of services and supports, reducing stigma, and increasing equity through:
- Community engagement and education campaigns
- Training for TAY and other community stakeholders
- Local and statewide advocacy
California’s Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), approved by voters in 2004, plays a major role in funding innovative mental health services, mental health treatment, prevention and early intervention, education and training to people of all ages affected by mental illness throughout the state. MHSOAC oversees the investment of MHSA dollars, and provides vision and leadership to California’s public mental health systems, in collaboration with clients, their families, and underserved communities. The act requires that MHSOAC utilize transparent and collaborative processes to determine the mental health needs, priorities, and services for California mental health consumers—contracting with CYC and its partners ensures that these values are upheld for TAY.
For more information contact Kyle Sporleder, CYC Director of Policy: firstname.lastname@example.org • 916-651-9978.